RA Ministry of Diaspora hosts participants of Duduk Festival

On September 23, RA Acting Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan received the participants of the Duduk Festival, which is being held as part of the “My Armenia” Pan-Armenian Festival organized by the RA Ministry of Diaspora.

Expressing gratitude to the participants of the festival for presenting Armenian national music in different countries and especially in the Armenian Diaspora through the duduk, the acting Minister stated the following: “It is a pleasure to welcome you to the Ministry of Diaspora. Indeed, the marvelous performances that you gave during the wonderful concert held at Komitas Chamber Music Hall yesterday deserve appraisal. I would like to say that this festival stands out from other festivals in that it is dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Armenia’s Independence. Today we are celebrating one of the most beautiful holidays of our country, and the important thing is that we are protecting and maintaining our national instrument, that is, the duduk. The festival serves as an opportunity for you to rehearse better, learn new works, perform in front of new audiences and establish contacts with Armenians from different countries and bearers of different cultures. The festival also provides you with a great opportunity to take master classes with great musicians Gevorg Dabaghyan and Jivan Gasparyan. Once again, I would like to express gratitude to you for your dedication and for the art that you have created. I believe you have loved Armenia so much that you will visit the land of the duduk more often.”

The acting Minister also added that there is a plan to organize an international festival of national instruments, providing the opportunity to gather Armenian and foreign musicians on one stage.

German musician Soren Birke stated that he was visiting Armenia for the fifth time and that the warmth and culture of the Armenian audience always inspire him a lot. According to him, great Armenian dudukists Jivan and Gevorg are truly able to disseminate the duduk around the word, creating a bridge between the cultures of the Armenians and other nations.

Expressing gratitude for providing the opportunity to participate in the festival, Artsakh’s Hakob Babayan stated that performing with several Armenian and foreign musicians on one stage inspires him and gives him great energy.

Afterwards, RA Acting Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan awarded Hakob Babayan with the “My Armenia” Commemorative Medal of the RA Ministry of Diaspora and granted a certificate.

The participants of the festival shared their opinions and impressions and stated that such festivals serve as a unique platform for gathering Armenian and foreign musicians.

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